Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all.
This was a fun book full of magic, romance, and adventure. Tamsin feels like an outcast from the rest of her family because she has no "talent" or special powers. She especially feels overshadowed by her older sister Rowena. However, she has found a niche for herself in life, as student at an New York boarding school who enjoys spending time with her best friend and roommate Agatha. What I liked most about Tamsin is how laid back and easy-to-relate-to she is. Definitely a more realistic character than Rowena. There is romance in this book, but it doesn't overpower the overall story. One of my favorite components of this book is the time traveling. It was definitely unexpected, and added a lot of flair. I look forward to the follow-up, Always A Witch.
"In a real, normal household people celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas or Hanukkah. Halloween is for the kids to dress up in costumes. It's not a holiday when your whole family gathers in the deep woods behind your house and builds a bonfire and burns sweet herbs on the alter built to the four elements."
Cover Art Commentary:
I thought I liked the cover of the paperback (pictured at the right), then came along this beauty (pictured above). LOVE IT! The colors are richer and the ancient book has more depth to it. What do you think?